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As we reported here, actress Natasha Richardson suffered a traumatic brain injury on Monday that has now reportedly left her completely brain dead. Richardson was on a beginner’s trail when she fell but she got up and later claimed she wasn’t feeling well. Although there were no visible signs of injury, Richardson complained of a headache an hour later and was taken to the hospital. People reports:

“There is no chance,” a family friend told PEOPLE on Tuesday night. “It is a fact that her heart is beating but she is brain dead.” Her dire condition – doctors described it to those close to Richardson as “leakage of blood between the brain and skull,” the friend says – has the actress’s family coming to grips with potentially having to make an unthinkably difficult decision. “It’s not official yet,” says the friend, “but they basically will detach her.”

Jesus, this is sad. The only way this could be any sadder is if her long lost sister Nettie comes back from Africa with Natasha’s now full grown children who can’t speak English. Only African. Then Albert smiles from a distance with his horse. Then Natasha and Nettie play patty cake. The end.

Lenox Hill Hospital in New York where Natasha Richardson is reportedly on life support:

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